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Robert Belfour @ The Spitz

PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2007 10:15 pm
by garth cartwright

Re: Robert Belfour @ The Spitz

PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 1:23 am
by Ian A.
garth cartwright wrote:Ian Anderson recently noted in a fR editorial that his experience of UK gig-goers at non-pop/rock gigs are very much middle aged

No, that's not quite what I said. It was that the venues catering for music that benefits from sitting and listening with attention - arts centres and small theatres - aren't attracting younger audiences. I was theorising that a generation has been lost to that kind of listening experience: so the more intimate kinds of music that just don't work so well in stand up/ bar-room conditions are being lost to that generation as a result. Belfour's obviously would.

Obviously I didn't get the point over very well (in the May issue piece - ), as the subsequent mini-discussion on our board sort of missed it as well.

PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 8:40 pm
by garth cartwright
Ian, apologies for misinterpreting your editorial tho i think the point you raised ranges beyond just arts centres. Why did Joe Ely - who has strong Clash connections and could be seen as the granddad of - only get an older audience while Robert Belfour, who has no UK media presence that i'm aware of, get a mixed audience? Smart marketing me thinks. Obviously, blues is easier to market as "punk rock" than most non-mainstream music forms but i believe those involved in promoting world/folk/roots etc could think more about how to appeal to twentysomethings - the psych folk thing has massively taken off in the last year and that again appears to be a case of making the music appear appealing to those feeling a little jaded with endless indie bands/dance DJs.

PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2007 1:15 pm
by Ali
i believe those involved in promoting world/folk/roots etc could think more about how to appeal to twentysomethings

Pretty well every one of the very few radio shows playing this music is aimed at a 40 plus audience. Any presenter who appealed to a younger audience didn't stay in a job too long! It doesn't surprise me that people in their 20s discovering this music and wanting to explore further soon give up the search.

PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2007 2:31 pm
by Joe Cushley
Thanks for the namecheck Garth you sweetie. I think the resurrection of the blues amongst 'de yoot' is down to a complex mixture of factors, not least, in the case of Delta Blues – which is what Belfour is essentially playing – the success of the White Stripes. Dedications to, and covers of, Blind Willie McTell and Son House on their CDs are going to have a positive effect. Jack White bigs up Robert Johnson in the new edition of Mojo an' all. Jon Spencer's hook-up with RL Burnside was all to the good too. I remember standing in the middle of The Garage in 1999 at an RL gig after their collaboration, A Ass Pocket Of Whiskey, had come out: indie kids to the left of me, the "grey 'n' gay" (copyright G Cartwright) blues crowd to the right, both looking askance at each other...

The same mixture has been apparent recently at Seasick Steve gigs, and after his various Fest appearances this summer, there are going to be a lot more blues fans in the younger demographics. (Steve has also, very deliberately, stayed away from playing the Blues Fest circuit)